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ARCH honoured with Pat Worth Award!

October 19, 2020

On October 17, 2020, People First of Canada presented ARCH with the Pat Worth Award. ARCH is so honoured and grateful for this prestigious and humbling recognition. This award is given in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Inclusion Movement in Canada.…Read More

Survey on Proposed Regulations under the Connecting People with Home and Community Care Act

October 16, 2020

ARCH wants input from persons with disabilities who use attendant services. By completing this survey, you will provide us with important information and concerns about any regulations that the government proposes to fill in details about attendant services under the Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act. Survey deadline is October 30, 2020.…Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Grants Applicant’s Request to Expedite Case about Visitation Ban at Empower Simcoe’s Group Home

August 18, 2020

This Press Release is about a decision of the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario to expedite an application that challenges the implementation of visitation ban at a group home.…Read More

ARCH Statement on decision to not lay charges in death of Soleiman Faqiri

August 12, 2020

This is a statement about the Ontario Provincial Police’s (OPP) decision not to lay charges against the correctional officers involved in the death of Soleiman Faqiri at the Central East Correctional Centre.…Read More

Demand for Independent Investigation into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet

August 10, 2020

This is a joint letter with Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC), demanding an independent investigation into the death of Regis Korchinski-Paquet, and raising concern about the disproportionate violence, discrimination, and death that persons with mental health disabilities are subjected to at the hands of police across Ontario.…Read More

Submissions on Proposed Regulations under the Connecting Care Act

These submissions reflect a general legal analysis of the proposed Regulations under the Connecting Care Act in their current draft form, and provide recommendations for changes or clarifications before the Regulations are posted for public comment and consultation.…Read More

For Immediate Release – ARCH delivers Submissions and Recommendations for Ontario’s Triage Protocol Draft dated July 7, 2020

July 20, 2020

This Press Release informs about ARCH's Submissions and Recommendations Regarding Ontario’s Triage Protocol Draft dated July 7, 2020.…Read More

Update on Proposed Regulations Under Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act 2020

This update provides information about the government consultation on the proposed Regulations under Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act 2020.…Read More

ARCH Board of Directors endorses BLAC’s Statement on Policing and Anti-Black Racism

July 16, 2020

ARCH Board of Directors proudly pass a motion to fully endorse the June 25, 2020 Statement and Demands by the Black Legal Action Centre (BLAC) on Policing and Anti-Black Racism.…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Bill 175 Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act 2020 May Soon Become Law

June 30, 2020

This bulletin provides information on Bill 175 - Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020.…Read More

Impacts of COVID-19 on Canadians – Living with Long-Term Conditions or Disabilities During the Pandemic: Share your perspective

June 24, 2020

Invitation from Statistics Canada to participate in a crowdsourcing initiative to collect data on how the COVID-19 pandemic is impacting people who live with long-term conditions or disabilities.…Read More

ARCH Statement on Deaths of Persons with Mental Health Disabilities by Police

June 23, 2020

ARCH’s statement on the deaths of persons with mental health disabilities as a result of interactions with police officers.…Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Mother of 14 Year-Old Child with Disability files Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario Application against Empower Simcoe for Implementing Visitation Ban

June 19, 2020

Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario application against Empower Simcoe, agency that operates a group home for children, for implementing visitation ban.…Read More

Update on Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic

June 19, 2020

This Advocacy Toolkit provides legal information and advocacy tips to people with disabilities who need their support person, attendant or communication assistant to be with them in hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic.…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: June 15: Province issues Recommendations to Allow Visitors in Hospitals, but Fails to Address Rights of Persons with Disabilities

June 18, 2020

This bulletin focuses on the memo issued by Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health, recommending hospitals to revise their essential visitor policies, and considers the discriminatory impact that hospital visitation ban policies have on some persons with disabilities.…Read More

Submissions on Bill 175, Connecting People to Home and Community Care Act, 2020

June 17, 2020

Throughout these submissions, ARCH has highlighted underlying trends in the home and community services sector that must be addressed by Bill 175, and made recommendations to help create a more comprehensive legal framework for persons with disabilities who use home and community services.…Read More

Intervention submitted to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission

June 12, 2020

This submission was provided to the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to intervene in its proceeding "Call for Comments – Regulations to be made under the Accessible Canada Act"…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: The Assistive Devices Program (ADP) is Open for Business

May 15, 2020

This Bulletin contains information about the ADP re-opening and its application process.…Read More

ARCH Bulletin on COVID-19: Ontario Health’s Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge in COVID Pandemic

May 14, 2020

This Bulletin outlines developments regarding ARCH’s advocacy work on the Ontario Health’s Clinical Triage Protocol issue, and summarizes what ARCH asks the Government in its latest letter.…Read More

Inclusion Without Assimilation: Responding to Disability Legislation in Canada

May 12, 2020

Virtual engagement session for feedback on how the Accessible Canada Act can respond to the unique needs of Indigenous women and gender diverse people with physical, cognitive, visual, sensory, or hearing-related impairments.…Read More

Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic

May 07, 2020

ARCH has a new Advocacy Toolkit pertaining to COVID-19 on our website: Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During the COVID-19 Pandemic Go to Advocacy Toolkit – Advocating for Your Support Person, Attendant or Communication Assistant to be with You in Hospital During…Read More

Press Release – Government Response indicates Ontario Health is Engaging in Consultation with Human Rights and Key Community Experts on the Triage Protocol

April 22, 2020

TORONTO, April 22, 2020 – An open letter from the Ontario Government was delivered to various recipients, including ARCH Disability Law Centre, on April 21, 2020.  The letter, which is undated, appears to be a response to the grave concerns raised by major disability organizations in regards to the Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge…Read More

Press Release – Open Letter from Major Disability Organizations Calling on the Ontario Government to Ensure Persons are not Deprioritized from Accessing Critical Care Because of their Disability

April 08, 2020

TORONTO, April 8, 2020 – An open letter to the Ontario Government from over 200 disability and community organizations and over 4,800 individuals raises grave concerns about the Clinical Triage Protocol for Major Surge in COVID Pandemic (Ontario Health), dated March 28, 2020, because it threatens to deprioritize access to critical care to some patients…Read More

COVID-19 and Disability: Recommendations to the Canadian Government from Disability Related Organizations in Canada – March 24, 2020

March 25, 2020

Letter calling on the Government of Canada to recognize the unique vulnerabilities of persons with disabilities and their families during COVID-19.…Read More

ARCH Webinars on Rights Regarding Attendant Services

December 20, 2019

ARCH is offering webinars on your rights regarding attendant services.…Read More

ARCH and CILT’s workshop on Attendant Services + Legal Clinic

December 19, 2019

Invite to workshop, legal advice and information to persons with disabilities on Attendant/PSW services issues.…Read More

Press Release – ARCH launches OP Lab: Learning, Sharing, Actioning!

December 03, 2019

Launch of the OP Lab, a project that offers the opportunity to learn more about the Optional Protocol and form a Canada-wide network engaged in advancing the CRPD!…Read More

ARCH is currently working on our website translation

November 13, 2019

Notice: ARCH is currently working on the French translation of our website. …Read More

ARCH Annual General Meeting

August 27, 2019

ARCH 2019 Annual General Meeting with panel presentation by Disability Organizations…Read More

CNIB and ARCH present: Serving Clients with Disabilities & Advocating for an Accessible Ontario

Continuing Professional Development lecture and group discussions with practical scenarios. This program is accredited by the Law Society of Ontario for Equality, Diversity and Inclusion Professionalism Hours (EDI Hours).…Read More

Do the Rights Thing: Call for Participants!

Call for participants in a focus group aimed at better understanding how women who are Deaf and/or have a disability access services, with a specific focus on equity training.…Read More

National Indigenous Peoples Day

June 11, 2019

In solidarity with Indigenous Peoples across Canada, and in the spirit of the journey to Reconciliation, ARCH Disability Law Centre celebrates National Indigenous Peoples Day.…Read More

National AccessAbility Week Program

May 15, 2019

ARCH and Law Society Ontario joint Program for 2019 National AccessAbility Week.…Read More

Open Letter on the Need to Swiftly Pass All Senate Amendments to Bill C-81- Accessible Canada Act

May 10, 2019

Open Letter on the Need to Swiftly Pass All Senate Amendments to Bill C-81- Accessible Canada Act…Read More

Update: Senate Committee Adopts Amendments which Strengthen Bill C-81- Accessible Canada Act

May 08, 2019

Follow Bill C-81's journey through the legislative process towards An Act to ensure a barrier-free Canada. Find out what's next after the Senate's amendments to this Bill. …Read More

Invitation to Focus Group

March 25, 2019

FOCUS GROUP Investing with Supported Decision Making: April 5, 2019 Canadian Centre for Elder Law1822 East Mall, University of British ColumbiaVancouver, British Columbia V6T 1Z1Voice: (604) 822 0142 Website: www.bcli.org/ccel Do you have Alzheimer’s, dementia or an intellectual disability? Do you invest your money in one or more of the following? Bonds RDSP (Registered Disability…Read More

MEDIA ADVISORY – Council of Canadians with Disabilities Applauds Decision of the Supreme Court of Canada

January 25, 2019

MEDIA ADVISORY                                 January 25, 2019 COUNCIL OF CANADIANS WITH DISABILITIES APPLAUDS DECISION OF THE SUPREME COURT OF CANADA Today, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) released a landmark decision in S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation. This case is of national…Read More

Disability groups from across Canada write open letter to government calling for improvements to Bill C-81-Accessible Canada Act

January 07, 2019

[Le français suit] Open Letter Regarding the Need to Strengthen Bill C-81 – Accessible Canada Act October 30, 2018 Dear Minister Qualtrough and HUMA Committee Members: We the undersigned commend the Federal Government for committing to enact national accessibility legislation.  As provincial and national disability rights organizations, we write to express significant concerns regarding Bill…Read More

ARCH and Partners Submission for 2018 Consultation on Education System

January 04, 2019

ARCH Disability Law Centre, Community Living Ontario, Brockville and District Association for Community Involvement, Inclusion Research Team Brock University, Canadian Research Centre on Inclusive Education Western University and Inclusive Education Canada submitted a joint submission to the Government of Ontario for their recent consultation on education in Ontario:https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resource/arch-and-partners-submission-for-2018-consultation-on-education-system/…Read More

Read the ARCH Alert of December 3, 2018

December 04, 2018

Here is the link to the ARCH Alert page where you can access the latest ARCH Alert of December 3, 2018:  https://archdisabilitylaw.ca/resources/arch-alert/ …Read More

ARCH releases Final Report on the Accessible Canada Act

November 09, 2018

This report provides a legal analysis of Bill C-81, An Act to ensure a barrier free Canada. It incorporates feedback that ARCH received from persons with disabilities and disability organizations on the first draft of this report. A plain language summary is also provided. ARCH’s recommendations for strengthening Bill C-81 will be available shortly.…Read More

International Day of Persons with Disabilities – December 3, 2018

November 09, 2018

ARCH Celebrates the International Day of Persons with Disabilities In line with this year’s UN theme of “Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality”, ARCH will launch our new website and present our new public legal education materials. Come meet ARCH Staff! DATE: Monday December 3, 2018TIME: 2:00 to 4:00 pmLOCATION:  55 University Avenue, 14th…Read More

ARCH Presents an Information Session: Accessible Transportation for Persons with Vision Disabilities

November 08, 2018

ARCH Disability Law Centre Presents an Information Session Accessible Transportation for Persons with Vision Disabilities Thursday, November 15, 2018 6:00 to 8:00 pmYMCA Windsor, 500 Victoria Avenue,Windsor, ON N9A 4M8 Presentations by: Mariam Shanouda, ARCH Staff LawyerJessica De Marinis, ARCH Staff Lawyer RSVP by November 12th, 2018 to Yangtzee Tamang tamangy@lao.on.ca  1-866-482-2724 ext. 2243/ TTY 1-866-482-2728 If you require any accommodations, please contact…Read More

IDPD 2018: Tell us what inclusion and equality mean to you, as a person with a disability

November 07, 2018

International Day of Persons with Disabilities is on December 3. This year’s theme is “Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality”. On Twitter, use #ARCHIDPD2018 to tell us what inclusion and equality mean to you, as a person with a disability.  If twitter is not accessible for you, email us at: archidpd2018@gmail.com  Please keep emails…Read More

Watch ARCH’s presentation to HUMA committee about the Accessible Canada Act

October 30, 2018

ARCH was at the House of Commons’ HUMA committee to talk about strengthening the proposed Accessible Canada Act. To watch go to:  https://www.ourcommons.ca/Committees/en/HUMA/StudyActivity?studyActivityId=10268658 and go to meetings, then select October 23.…Read More

ARCH’s Recommendations for Strengthening Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act

October 19, 2018

Read ARCH’s recommendations for strengthening Bill C-81, the Accessible Canada Act.…Read More

Read the ARCH Alert of October 3, 2018

October 03, 2018

Inside This Issue: Back to School Tips – Education Advocacy Updated Human Rights Commission Policy on Accessible Education Library Corner Accessible Canada Act Passes Second Reading, Now Before HUMA Provincial Schools for the Deaf Class Action – Important Update International Day of Persons with Disabilities – Save the Date! Review of Disability Tax Credit and…Read More

Open Letter to the Premier Doug Ford, the Minister of Education and the Minister of Training, Colleges, and Universities

September 19, 2018

Dear Premier and Ministers, 

We write to you to endorse the recent recommendations put forward by the Ontario Human Rights Commission to improve educational outcomes for students with disabilities (attached). 

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Media Advisory and Notice to the Community: Supreme Court Decision Undermines Access to Justice

June 14, 2018

June 14, 2018 – Today the Supreme Court released its judgment in Canada (Canadian Human Rights Commission) v. Canada (Attorney General), 2018 SCC 31, also known as Matson and Andrews. To read the full decision go to:  https://scc-csc.lexum.com/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/17134/index.do. In its judgment the Supreme Court found that challenges to discrimination that result from the wording of a federal…Read More

ARCH Celebrates National AccessAbility Week

May 28, 2018

ARCH is excited to celebrate this week with a number of events: To open the week, on Monday, May 28 ARCH will be launching its Blog with an introductory post about National AccessAbility Week. Starting June 1, ARCH will post an entry every other Friday on issues related to disability rights, the legal profession and matters that…Read More

Media Advisory – If Inclusion Means Everyone Why Not Me?

May 04, 2018

Post                                                                                                             …Read More

Media Advisory – Many Ontario schools failing students who have an intellectual disability

May 01, 2018

May 1, 2018 Media Advisory – Many Ontario schools failing students who have an intellectual disability Toronto, ON – Many students who have an intellectual disability continue to face academic and social barriers in Ontario’s public school system, as well as instances of exclusion, conflicts with other students, staff and boards, poor planning and communication, and…Read More

Media Advisory – S.A. v. Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation

April 24, 2018

                     MEDIA ADVISORYApril 24, 2018 On April 25, 2018, the Council of Canadians with Disabilities (CCD) is intervening in a very important case before the Supreme Court of Canada. This case could have a significant  impact on persons with disabilities, affecting their autonomy, independenceM and inclusion.…Read More

ARCH endorses the Statement from the Southwest Indigenous Justice Coordinators

February 28, 2018

Attached below is ARCH’s endorsement to the Statement from the Southwest Indigenous Justice Coordinators dated February 23, 2018.…Read More



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